Anyone been following this? Tense stuff. I'm no analyst of international relations, but what are the thoughts of people here? I'm by this point half-expecting Russia to sponsor an ethnically Russian puppet-breakaway-state, but I hope that's the worst that could come from this. Though obviously I hope for even less than that.
- For those who don't know - the Ukrainian President, after being ousted, fled to Russia where he currently is, still claiming legitimacy.
- Russia has been mobilizing 150,000 troops along its western border, allegedly as part of an exercise and to prevent terrorism or border unrest, as well as its Black Sea fleet.
- Russia has seized two military airports, through the use of unmarked soldiers, and support from ethnically Russian militias in Crimea. This was long a bit of a mystery, but Russian officials have stated it's them now.
- The move has been ratified by the Duma, the parliament of Russia, iirc.